Put Your Hands Together for the Charlies Winners
Emily Hunt Turner, a civil rights attorney who started All Square, a social enterprise centered on a craft grilled cheese restaurant that invest in the lives of formerly incarcerated individuals, checks out her award for Community Hero.
Outstanding Baker/Pastry Chef Katie Elsing of The Lynhall was presented her honor by Pat Weber of Mise en Place, left and the talkative Chef Vincent Francoual.
Outstanding Restaurant honors went to Popol Vuh, an elevated Mexican food restaurant owned by Jamie Olson, second from the right, and her outstanding chef, Jose Alarcon. Presenting the award were last year’s winner, Christina Nguyen of Hai Hai, left, and Open Table’s Julie Windschitl.
Spyhouse Coffee CEO Kevin Wencel and his team, left to right, Alyssa Lundberg, Tony Querio and Jonathan Combrink, took home the very first Outstanding Coffeehouse award.
Rising Star Jametta Raspberry of House of Gristle, center, received the first award of the evening. Presenting the Rising Star award were two ProStart instructors who have been longtime Charlies supporters, Monique Sabby, left, and Mary Levinski.
The award for Outstanding Service was accepted on behalf of the staff of Tria Restaurant, a Morrissey Hospitality property in North Oaks by Assistant GM Mark Clough and Executive Chef Jason Cole.
Last year’s Outstanding Restaurateur Luke Shimp, left, holds the plate for his sister Stephanie Shimp, who is half of the Blue Plate Restaurant Company ownership, along with her partner, David Burley. Stephanie Shimp was out of town and couldn’t make the ceremony. Presenting along with Shimp is Taylor Moret of Society Insurance, who was a sponsor of both the Charlies and the kickoff event for the awards ceremony back in September.
Named Outstanding Bartender, Trish Gavin of Lat 14, said working with such great people in the industry as last year’s winner Sean Jones, made the job a joy.
Kerry and Kale Johnson of 56 Brewing in Northeast Minneapolis were pleasantly surprised to be called up on stage to receive the Outstanding Brewery Award.
Niki Stavrou, owner Victor’s 1959 Café, learned to cook authentic Cuban food from her late husband, a tradition that makes the restaurant a true Hidden Gem.
Larry D’Amico, right, insisted CFO Paul Smith come on stage with him to accepting the award for Outstanding Caterer. D’Amico Catering was started by Larry and Richard D’Amico 25 years ago.
Jack Riebel, center, was overcome with emotion when he won the Outstanding Chef award, but was all smiles afterwards with his presenters, Erin Gonzalez of US Foods and last year’s Chef, the dapper Justin Sutherland.
Donna Fahs, COO of Parasole, collected the plates for Pete Mihajlov and Phil Roberts, founders of Parasole, who were selected by their peers for the Lifetime Achievement Award. The two accepted the award via a funny video. Kick Hunger Challenge was the sponsor of the Award.